Wednesday, April 09, 2014
I look forward to the week before my races. It's a little like rehearsal week before a performance. The hard training is done, and now it's all about being strong for the race. I know everyone does it a little differently; I do two slow runs of half an hour. I go as gently as possible, concentrating more on my posture rather than pace. This week, my husband (who does not run at all) agreed to go with my on my first taper run. That was quite wonderful. We ran just under 3 miles in half an hour and when we finished he said: "hey, I could probably do a 5k!!"So, watch this space, perhaps I'll end up with a training partner over the next year.
I've approached this training differently. I kept all my longer runs quite slow, so although I've managed a 2 hour length run, I've not actually completed a 13.1 mile distance. I kept all my shorter runs at a faster tempo, and I'm hoping that on race day, I'll be able to combine the two. This is the first time I'm trying this, so I'm a little bit nervous.
The run is going to be on a National Trust Estate, so it will all be off-road: forest trails and paths along the ocean. This is the second time I'm doing an off-road race. I did a 10km off-roader in December and found it really tiring, so, I'm preparing myself for a slower finishing time than my first half marathon, aiming for 2hr 10 or 2hr 15. I figure this race needs to be about enjoying the view and keeping it slow and steady. As it's the first half marathon of the season, I can concentrate on beating my personal best (2hr01) later on. My goal is to run 3 half marathons this year.
I'm still nervous about this distance. I'm not at the point yet where I know that I'll finish the race successfully - it's still a bit of a gamble - and that does make it a little bit exciting, too. The focus now is rest, eating properly, yoga and hydration.
Otherwise, things are ticking along. I'm tracking my food, but not forcing myself to stay in range. This has meant that my weight is settling down a bit. I'm still about a kilogram heavier than I would like to be, but at least my weight is not jumping insanely up and down like it was. I'm not focusing on any other streaks, I do a little bit of yoga every other day , and just do what I can as I can.